Transport and Fluctuations in Granular Fluids

From Boltzmann Equation to Hydrodynamics, Diffusion and Motor Effects

  • Andrea Puglisi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Andrea Puglisi
    Pages 19-52
  3. Andrea Puglisi
    Pages 53-80
  4. Andrea Puglisi
    Pages 97-108
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 109-118

About this book


This brief offers a concise presentation of granular fluids from the  point of view of non-equilibrium statistical physics. The emphasis is on fluctuations, which can be large in granular fluids due to the small system size (the number of grains is many orders of magnitude smaller than in molecular fluids).

Firstly, readers will be introduced to the most intriguing experiments on fluidized granular fluids. Then granular fluid theory, which goes through increasing levels of coarse-graining and emerging collective phenomena, is described. Problems and questions are initially posed at the level of kinetic theory, which describes particle densities in full or reduced phase-space. Some answers become clear through hydrodynamics, which describes the evolution of slowly evolving fields. Granular fluctuating hydrodynamics, which builds a bridge to the most recent results in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, is also introduced. Further and more interesting answers come when the dynamics of a massive intruder are discussed. Such non-equilibrium stochastic process offers a more precise and compact picture of the features foreseen at the more detailed levels of description. The dynamics of an intruder diffusing in a granular fluid reveal the clearest connection with recent theories on stochastic energetics and stochastic thermodynamics.


Feynman-Smoluchowski-like Brownian Motor Effect Granular Convection Granular Hydrodynamics Granular Jets Homogeneous Cooling State Introduction to Granular Fluids Leidenfrost Effect Navier-Stokes Equation Ratchet-like Phenomena Shear Instability Steady Granular Fluids

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Puglisi
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, Dipartimento di FisicaConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Sapienza-Università di RomaRomeItaly

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